Frequently Asked Questions About Pumpkin Seeds
How to clean pumpkin seeds?
After removing the seeds from a pumpkin, you can end up with a slimy orange mess. To get the seeds clean and ready for roasting, we recommend separating the pumpkin seeds from the rest of the orange flesh. You will still have some remnants of pumpkin left on the seeds, which is OK. Place the seeds in a colander and rinse with cool water until the seeds are clean. The slimy feeling may still be present, but that will go away once you cook the pumpkin seeds. Toss the seeds to dry, and they are ready to go.
How to store pumpkin seeds?
If you want to keep pumpkin seeds for planting later, clean seeds in the same way mentioned above. Once the seeds are clean, place them on a paper towel in a cool and dry place and let them sit for up to a week. Once the seeds are completely dry, you can store them in an envelope or bag and place them in an airtight container. Again, store in a cool and dry place out of sunlight.
When to plant pumpkin seeds?
Although we often enjoy pumpkins in the fall when the weather starts to turn chilly, pumpkins are actually warm-weather vegetables. The seeds are very tender and will not do well in cold temperatures. Pumpkin seeds should be planted after the last frost of spring, and if you want to enjoy your pumpkins by Halloween, you'll need to start planting them in May.
How to grow pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkins need plenty of space to grow. Depending on the variety, you may need to adjust spacing, but in general, plant pumpkin seeds in hills 1 inch deep and allow anywhere from 2 to 6 feet between each hill. Plant three to five seeds per hill, and as pumpkin seeds germinate, thin to just one per hill.
Give your pumpkin seeds plenty of water until they germinate, and then water consistently until harvest time. Remove weeds as they come up. Your pumpkins are ready to harvest once they have a rich orange color and hard rind. Cut the pumpkins from the vine, leaving a bit of stem attached, and store in a warm, dry place until needed.